ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - April 4, 2016

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10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy

by Judie Haynes

Many elementary school ESL teachers are now looking at materials for their 2016–2107 classroom. During a recent #ELLCHAT discussion, we shared ideas for choosing materials for ELs. One of the liveliest discussions was about online resources.

I’d like to share some online resources that feature books for children and really work well for ELs. The best books sites for ELs have an audio component, and the words are highlighted as they are read. If your budget is limited, some of these sites are free.

Read more here about these great online resources to support EL Literacy.

Call for Proposals: La Cosecha & NABE

La Cosecha and NABE are currently accepting proposals for their upcoming conferences during the 2016-2017 school year. Title III/ELD will fund the registration and travel for any TPS staff member who is accepted to present at one of these national conferences. Information regarding the conferences, schedule, location, and proposal guidelines can be found at the links above.

We encourage you to share the best practices and ideas for Dual Language Learners and English Learners in Tulsa PS at these fantastic national conferences.

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OKTESOL Conference 2016: Empowering Comprehension

You are invited to our Spring 2016 Conference, "Empowering Comprehension" which will be held at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) in Edmond, OK on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd.

All conference forms and details are featured on the oktesol.com website. If you have any questions or needs we have not addressed, please feel free to contact us at oklahomatesol@gmail.com anytime. We hope to see you there!

  • AWARDS Please consider nominating yourself, a student or colleague for one of our awards.
  • PRESENTERS We would also love for you to consider being one of our presenters!
  • EXHIBITORS If you know of a publisher/vendor, including local artisans, or an organization that might like to be one of our exhibitors, they can sign up on our website or email us directly.
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS We welcome community organizations to get involved and reach out to our members. We also offer special exhibitor arrangements for area non-profits.


The Title III/ELD Office will pay registration and mileage for any TPS staff member who would like to attend the OKTESOL conference. If you would like to attend, please send your completed registration form and PS10 to Laura Grisso, grissla@tulsaschools.org by Friday, April 8th.

New Fast Fact Sheet from OELA

The Office of English Language Acquisition, as a part of the United States Department of Education, has released a new fast fact sheet on national and state high school graduation rates for English Learners.

Did you know?

In SY 2013–14, the national graduation rate reached a record high of 82.3 percent for all public high school students, an increase of one percentage point from the previous school year. Between SYs 2010–11 and 2013–14, graduation rates increased for all racial/ethnic categories. Asian/Pacific Islander and White students consistently graduated at higher rates than the national average for all students. The gaps between the ‘all student’ rates and ‘Black’ and ‘Hispanic‘ student rates decreased by approximately two percentage points each since SY 2010–11.

Read more here about national and state level graduation rates for English Learners.

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Webinar: Building Educational Communities of Inclusion in PreK-12 Settings

Date: April 25, 2016

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm CST

In this webinar, experts with the Center of Applied Linguistics (CAL) will examine the critical role played by cultural proficiency in successfully welcoming and orienting newcomers to their schools and communities and explore examples of approaches that increase educational access and opportunity for every student.

Learn more and register.

ELD Teachers Needed for the Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) is a volunteer body made up of educators from around the country who meet in-person with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education team in Seattle twice a year. TAC members participate in working sessions that provide the Foundation with teachers’ honest reactions and feedback to its new and ongoing education funding efforts.

The Gates Foundation is specifically soliciting for English Language Development (ELD) teachers to apply to the Teacher Advisory Council. What a great opportunity for professional growth and collaboration!

Teacher Advisory Council Survey Application

Teacher Advisory Council FAQs

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COHO: Free Health Fair

The Coalition of Hispanic Organizations (COHO) is hosting the spring health fair on April 9th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Creekwood Elementary in Broken Arrow. This health fair is free to everyone and a number of health and medical services will be available with Spanish-speaking staff, volunteers, and interpreters.

COHO Health Fair Flyer (English/Spanish)

Missed an ELD Department Meeting?

Check out the resources below from ELD Department Meetings this semester:

Upcoming Title III Events

Week of April 4th:

April 9, 9:00am - COHO Health Fair

All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.